Sep 2 2008

Take control of your Typography

Web typography is something unique. Over the years, it has suffered because of a comparison with printed typography. And despite numerous and obvious similarites, it is the fundamental differences between the two disciplines that have caused problems. It’s time to recover the control of your typography.

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Sep 1 2008

Get Started With jQuery From Scratch

Holidays are over, and it’s time to get back to serious things. After a 10-weeks blog break and lots of things done on the business side, we resume our daily investigations for the best free resources on the web. And today we start with JQuery.

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Jun 6 2008

Move your visitors away from IE6

If you’re like me, you probably hate IE6. 80% of my CSS debugging is spent on IE6, as well as 70% of my JS debugging. It’s an incredible waste of time. So why not try to encourage our visitors to move away from that piece of crap? It’s quite easy, you’ll see. All it requires is a bit of HTML.

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May 30 2008

A Dive in W3C DOM Compatibility

Web development is a delicate and complex discipline, and requires an in-depth knowledge of the many architectures that exist today. The basics of these architectures — DOM Core, HTML, CSS and Events — are contained into the W3C DOM specifications. The DOM, which stands for Document Object Model, is the most essential concept in web design and development: it’s the model that describes how all elements in a HTML page (like input fields, images, paragraphs, etc.) are related to the topmost structure — the document itself.

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May 29 2008

SEO Guide for Designers

SEO, SEO, SEO… Three little letters, so many troubles. SEO — which, btw, stands for Search Engine Optimization — is too often considered as of low importance when starting the design of a web site. That is quite surprising, since it is commonly agreed that the SEO techniques can be easily applied from the very beginning of the design process. But far more concerning, it appears that about 25% of the professionals involved into web production don’t have a clue what SEO is.

In a very comprehensive article, Nick La, who runs famous websites like WebDesignerWall and N.Design Studios, reviews the fundamentals of SEO for web designers, explains the common mistakes and provides some tips to avoid the major roadblocks.

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May 28 2008

Two great icons sets: Bright! & Milky

The guys at Frexy really love icon design. In the past few months, Min Tran and Vu Tran have worked on two icon sets called “Bright!” and “Milky”, and now they happily release both as free resources for you.

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May 27 2008

Ornaments, fleurons, and “frilly bits”

Frilly bits” seems to aptly describe what are typically called ornaments, fleurons, vignettes, embellishments, or in some cases, frippery. Type ornaments, also termed printer’s ornaments, have been used in conjunction with type for literally hundreds of years. Of course, nowadays it’s all too easy to abuse these design elements, adding them merely for decoration rather than communication. But in the hands of an accomplished designer who knows how to use them appropriately and in moderation, type ornaments can serve to beautify and enhance a design.

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May 26 2008

Icons, anyone – again?

Let’s start with the obvious: using one icon will always be better than writing many words. That’s a well-known fact. The visual representation of a concept is assimilated more easily by the humain brain. Thus, icons remain the most effective way to symbolize actions, contexts or messages.

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May 21 2008

Smashing Fonts of May 2008

It’s that time of the month again, where Smashing Magazine release their cool fonts selection. This month, we have one script, two sans-serif and one hand-drawing/graffiti typefaces. Check those out.

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May 20 2008

60 AJAX Solutions from Smashing Magazine

When it comes to design of modern web-applications, Ajax is considered as a standard approach. Interactive solutions for lightboxes, form validation, navigation, search, tooltips and tables are developed using Ajax libraries and nifty Ajax scripts. Ajax is useful and powerful. However, when using Ajax, one should keep in mind its drawbacks in terms of usability and accessibility. With an extensive use of Ajax, you can easily confuse your visitors offering too much control and too many features.

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